Species

Paph. fairrieanum: description and growing requirements

Paphiopedilum fairrieanum belongs to Paphiopedilum subgroup, either known as Insigne Alliance, of the genus  Paphiopedilum. The other prominent species of this subgroup include  Paphiopedilum exul and Paphiopedilum insigne. Paph. Fairrieanum, a threatened species, occurs at an elevation of 1400-2200 meters in the belt of subtropical and occasionally temperate broadleaf forests in the eastern Himalayas.  This …

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Bifrenaria orchids

Although Bifrenaria orchids are relatively unknown in cultivation, they may be a very good choice for orchid growing even for beginners. The first thing to know about Bifrenaria orchids is that they are exceptionally beautiful – large species have big, 3-4 inch wide showy and often fragrant flowers, miniature species have very beautiful flowers as well. The second …

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Zygopetalum orchids

Zygopetalum orchids are not only beautiful, they are also quite fragrant and therefore highly prized. Another good thing about Zygopetallum orchids is that their waxy flowers are long-lived, that’s why you can find Zygopetalum hybrids at shops, so popular they are. And some species flower in fall and winter, when nature is dormant, colors are …

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Masdevallia orchids

Masdevallias are ones of the most beautiful and tender orchids. Besides Dracula orchids, Masdevallias are the most famous of all Pleurothallids tribe and the biggest genus in this tribe. Whereas they are quite similar, Draculas are more gothic-looking, Masdevallia orchids are bright, colorful vivid plants with quite unusual flowers. They are so unusual so many do …

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Lycaste orchid

Lycaste is a splendid orchid. Its triangular in shape flowers are extremely showy and often large. If you say that they are just beautiful, you’ll say nothing.  They could be either bright or in pastel shades. And do not forget that some species have incredible aroma!  And they are long-lasting, so Lycaste’s cut flowers were once …

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Dracula, or Monkey orchids

Well, when people think about Dracula, they often imagine vampires, ancient mansions, blood, garlic and holy cross.  But when you talk about Dracula do not forget about Dracula orchid. There is something vampiric and gothic in their flowers – take a look on these brown to black sepals with some bloody red shades. And see this absolutely …

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Odontoglossum orchids: Species; Care; Plants for sale

Odontoglossum is an extremely diverse and marvelous genus of orchids, which deserves special attention. This orchid genus dwells preferably in Northern Andes region at high elevations in cloud mist forests. That’s why most Odontoglossum orchids are either cool or intermediate orchids and they could be epiphytes, lithophytes, and terrestrials because in mountain mist forests the line between these …

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Neofinetia – Samurai Orchid

Neofinetia genus has only two species – Neofinetia falcata and Neofinetia richardsiana, whereas only the first one is extremely popular. In medieval Japan,  Neofinetia falcata was very prized for its elegance, beauty, lovely vanilla scent, and was grown by samurai and even emperors had large collections of rare cultivars of these orchids, so sometimes  Neofinetia falcata …

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